Where do you give a cat an insulin shot?

Where do you give a cat an insulin shot?

Insulin injections should be given just under the skin. Many cats tolerate the injections well when given about one to two inches from the middle of the back, near the shoulder blade or hip bone. Be sure to alternate the location each time you give an injection to avoid soreness.

Is insulin harmful to cats?

The most common side effect experienced with Vetsulin® (porcine insulin zinc suspension) therapy, or other insulin preparations, is low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia. If not treated, hypoglycemia can be fatal to your cat. By knowing the causes of hypoglycemia, you can help avoid occurrences.

Can insulin be given orally to cats?

Oral hypoglycemic drugs can be a potential treatment option for affected cats, especially when cats or owners do not tolerate administration of injectable insulin. Several classes of oral hypoglycemic drugs have been evaluated in cats but these drugs have not been commonly used for treatment of diabetic cats.

How to give your diabetic cat an insulin injection?

Dr. Mike shows you the easy way to give your cat an insulin injection. We’ll visit Lisa and her diabetic cat to watch how its done. Dr. Mike educates you on the importance of using the proper syringe for your concentration of insulin. Loading…

What causes a cat to have too much insulin?

Most of the time, when a cat has too much insulin in its body, it’s because of a mistake or mishap related to giving injections. The most common mistake is an accidental double-dose. This usually occurs when two different people in the family each give the cat a regular insulin injection, or an incorrect measurement of a dose.

What happens if you miss a pet insulin shot?

If you are not certain, don’t give another injection. Really, a short period (well, 12 hours) of hyperglycemia for a missed shot is safer than a short period of hypoglycemia from being dosed twice. Just wait until the next injection time in 12 hours and start fresh rather than risk an episode of hypoglycemia. Chin up.

Can you give a low carb canned cat insulin?

Pick one you can afford and your cat likes under 7% – the lower the better. Keep in mind you do NOT want to go changing the diet to low carb without home testing first. Lowering carbs significantly lowers the insulin need and shooting 3u while feeding low carb canned could cause your cat to go hypoglycemic or even die.

How do you give insulin to a cat?

Clean the rubber stopper on the bottle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol before inserting the syringe needle. Turn the insulin bottle upside down and draw up the prescribed amount in a new syringe. Find a good location that works for you and your cat. Insulin injections should be given just under the skin.

If you are not certain, don’t give another injection. Really, a short period (well, 12 hours) of hyperglycemia for a missed shot is safer than a short period of hypoglycemia from being dosed twice. Just wait until the next injection time in 12 hours and start fresh rather than risk an episode of hypoglycemia. Chin up.

How often should I give my Pet an insulin injection?

Soon you will be very proficient with insulin syringes and injections. Again, once you get the hang of it start moving the injection site around. Maybe go down one side of your pet one week then back up the next side the following week. Have a question or comment?

What should I do if I miss my insulin injection?

Just wait until the next injection time in 12 hours and start fresh rather than risk an episode of hypoglycemia. Chin up. Soon you will be very proficient with insulin syringes and injections. Again, once you get the hang of it start moving the injection site around.